Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology


The McGaw Medical Center offers ACGME accredited Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship. Named after Ken and Ruth Davee, Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship is part of the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine. The fellowship offers comprehensive training in electrodiagnosis (EMG), muscle and nerve biopsy, and inpatient/outpatient management. Other highlights of the training program include:


The Neuromuscular Medicine program is a structured 12 months educational experience combining electrophysiology, muscle and nerve pathology and clinical exposure to wide variety of neuromuscular disorders in adult and children. Teaching occurs through didactic programs and through direct supervision of residents in the Electrodiagnostic laboratory and with every patient encounter whether it is in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

Full time clinical faculty at the program sites supervises all aspects of the program. There is a graded progression of the resident responsibilities. Residents (fellows) interact with neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation residents during testing and clinical activities and they also have the opportunity to give didactic lectures to the neurology residents.

The aim of the fellowship is to provide neuromuscular disorder specialists with specialized knowledge in the science, clinical evaluation and clinical management of disorders of anterior horn cell, peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction, and muscle. This includes knowledge of the pathophysiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders at a level that is significantly beyond the training and knowledge expected of a general neurologist.

Educational goals of the program:


Scholarly activity is highly encouraged. Protected time for research is carved into the weekly fellow schedule.

Clinical Experience

The fellow must acquire appropriate skills in the interview and examination of patients (adult and children) with neuromuscular complaints in the inpatient and outpatient setting. knowledge of the appropriate laboratory investigation for diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders, knowledge of the differential diagnosis of the various clinical presentations of the anterior horn cell, nerve , neuromuscular junction and muscle problems and expertise in the management of these conditions.

Fellows will have the opportunity to evaluate patients in the three neuromuscular outpatient clinics: MDA, ALS and neuropathy clinics. Fellow will have ample experience with impatient neuromuscular disorders. Perform electrodiagnostic studies, perform and interpret muscle and nerve biopsies.

Fellows will also have a wide exposure to pediatric neuromuscular medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and to rehabilitation medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Requirements & Eligibility

Completion of an ACGME accredited adult neurology, pediatric neurology or rehabilitation medicine residency

Application Process

The application deadline is January 31, and interviews with take place between February and April. Application packets should include the following:

Senda Ajroud-Driss, MD

Senda Ajroud-Driss, MD
Assistant Professor in The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Contact Us

Annette Lyles

Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 312-503-4737

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.